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Friday, Jun 23, 2017 - 06:55:38


Oral Language

Oral communication skills are fundamental to the development of literacy and essential for thinking and learning.  Through talk, students not only communicate information but also explore and come to understand ideas and concepts; identify and solve problems; organize their experience and knowledge; and express and clarify their thoughts, feelings, and opinions.  Listening and speaking skills are essential for social interaction at home, at school, and in the community.

(Ontario Ministry of Education (2006), The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 8: Language p. 9)

We recognize the significance of oral language development in literacy learning and in promoting the thinking skills of students.  It is a mandatory strand in The Ontario Curriculum, Grades 1 to 8: Language , however opportunities for oral language development in students is provided across all curriculum areas. 

In keeping with this belief, the KPDSB, along with its eight partner Northern Ontario Education Leaders (NOEL) Boards, entered into the Self-Identification Oral Language Project.  This project is directed by Carmel Crevola, an international literacy leader, with support from the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat.   

Key findings of the project have led to an understanding of the importance of teachers:

  • ·         Providing opportunities for language development
  • ·         Building personal relationships with each student
  • ·         Creating opportunities to interact regularly on a one-to-one basis with each student
  • ·         Challenging students to talk, think, and learn
  • ·         Asking critical questions while listening to students’ attempts to make meaning 
  • ·         Supporting students as they develop the language and learning strategies necessary to articulate and extend their interactions with the world.

(Crevola, 2010)


Link to Report on Literacy Numeracy Secretariat Oral Language - Self Identification Project